Checking date: 02/04/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Digital Communications
Study: Bachelor in Telecommunication Technologies Engineering (252)

Coordinating teacher: RAMIREZ GARCIA, DAVID

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Signal and Communications Theory

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Linear Systems (Second year, first semester) Communication Theory (Second year, second semester)
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Knowledge and management of the different techniques of digital communications (linear and non-linear, multi-carrier and spread spectrum), the structure of receivers and the basic techniques for protection against errors in digital communications. Therefore, the subject has the goal of allowing the student to acquire the following general competences: - Knowledge and development of technical skills required in the telecommunications field with emphasis in the analysis and mathematical characterization of a digital communication system. To achieve this goal, the student must acquire the following Program Outcomes (PO): a, b, c, e, g, k. In particular, the following specific competences: - Acquisition of the knowledge of mathematics and statistics that will be used as a tool to solve engineering problems in the context of digital communication systems. (PO a, PO e, and PO k) - The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data and results. (PO b) - Design of a communication system with realistic constraints given by critical parameters such as cost, consume of power, bandwidth, transmission rate, and complexity. (PO c) - Ability of effective communication of information, in speech and in writing. (PO g)
Description of contents: programme
1. Linear modulations: 1.1 Baseband and bandpass PAM modulations 1.2 Required bandwidth and analysis of noise in these modulations. 2. Receivers for digital communications 2.1 The problem of inter-symbol interference 2.2 Optimal receivers 2.3 Structures for channel equalizers 3. Phase and frequency modulations 3.1 Non-linear phase modulations 3.2 Frequency modulations and continuous phase modulations 4. Multi-pulse modulations 4.1 Multi-carrier modulations: required bandwidth and analysis of noise in these modulations 4.2 Spread spectrum modulations: required bandwidth and analysis of noise in these modulations 5. Techniques for protection against errors 5.1 Block codes 5.2 Convolutional codes
Learning activities and methodology
Three teaching activities are proposed: Theoretical classes, exercise classes and laboratory exercises. The ECTS credits include in all cases the personal work and group work to be carried out by the student. THEORETICAL CLASS AND EXAMPLES (3 ECTS) The theoretical class will be given in the blackboard, with slides or by any other means to illustrate the concepts learnt. In these classes the explanation will be completed with examples. In these sessions the student will acquire the basic concepts of the course. It is important to highlight that these classes require the initiative and the personal and group involvement of the students (there will be concepts that the student himself should develop). CLASS EXERCISES (1 ECTS) Before the exercise class, the student will have available the exercise list. The student should solve the exercises proposed in order to assimilate the concepts obtained in the theoretical class in a more complex environment and to self-evaluate his knowledge. LABORATORY EXERCISES (2 ECTS) Basic concepts learnt during the course are applied in the laboratory and by means of simulation. The student should participate actively on the exercise implementation; the level of the student involvement in this work grows from the first exercise to the last one where the student will be encouraged to propose and solve the problem. In the laboratory, by means of communication trainers and generic communication instrumentation (waveform generators, channel emulators, oscilloscopes, and spectrum analyzers), and by means of computers, the basic simulation tools in communications are introduced.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • A. Artés, F. Pérez, J. Cid, R. López, C. Mosquera, F. Pérez.. Comunicaciones Digitales. Pearson Educación. 2007
  • B. Sklar. Digital Communications. Prentice Hall. 1988
  • J.G. Proakis. Digital Communications. McGraw-Hill. 2001

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.